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Sierra Club Library

The Sierra Club has maintained a library since its beginnings more than a century ago. The Club's first library was based on a small collection of mountaineering literature that served John Muir and other mountaineers at the turn of the twentieth century.

In San Francisco's devastating 1906 earthquake and fire, this early collection was destroyed, but the library was soon reestablished through an outpouring of donations. From those small beginnings the library has grown to accommodate the evolving needs of Sierra Club members. As the Club grew, so did its library. It now holds a significant conservation and mountaineering collection.

In 1965, the Library was dedicated as a memorial to William E. Colby, the first secretary of the Sierra Club and a director for forty-nine years.

As a reference library, ours is a non-circulating, research collection. Sierra Club members and the public are welcome to use the library as visitors, by appointment. In our reading room at the Club's San Francisco headquarters, we provide on-site access to our extensive collection of books, periodicals, mountaineering journals, government documents, historic photographs, slides, maps and memorabilia. Researchers who are unable to visit our library may search the online catalog for our traditional collections. We respond to reference inquiries regarding Sierra Club publications and history, and will provide photocopies of specific articles if needed.

In the 21st century, the Colby Library has expanded online. Our mission is to bring more great content from the Club's website to the library's holdings.

Contact Information:

Sierra Club Colby Library
85 Second Street, Second Floor
San Francisco, California, 94105
Telephone: (415) 977-5506
Email: colby.library@sierraclub.org
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Sierra Club Library
by Townsend, Charles T.
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Description: Film of the Golden Gate Exposition, 1938-39.Additional Description: Note on original reel: "Beginning -- Fair - 1938s(?) or 1939 Treasure Island".Source: 1 Reel of 1: Film: 16mmRights: Copyright status unknown. This work may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). In addition, its reproduction may be restricted by terms of gift or purchase agreements, donor restrictions, privacy and publicity rights, licensing and trademarks. This work is accessible for...
Topic: californialightandsound
Sierra Club Library
by Youngberg, F. C.
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Description: Home movies created by F. C. Youngberg. shows Sierra Club members, leaders. Includes Sierra Club organized trips to Sierra mountains in 1931, 1932, 1938, 1940, 1941. Includes trail guide, Ike Livermore.Additional Description: Notes on original cans: Reel 1: "El Reposo, Cazadero Almaden 1931, Butano Forest Launch Ride 1931 #1 Notes on can: 1931 El Reposo, Austin Creek north of Russian River, Cuerno Creek?, Petaluma Creek, Almaden, Hotel Campground, Swimming at a pretty little...
Topic: californialightandsound
Sierra Club Library
by Townsend, Charles T.
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Additional Description: Note on original reel: "Beginning -- Calif. Hills & Flowers -- No People -- Ranch or Farm".Source: 1 Reel of 1: Film: 16mmRights: Copyright status unknown. This work may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). In addition, its reproduction may be restricted by terms of gift or purchase agreements, donor restrictions, privacy and publicity rights, licensing and trademarks. This work is accessible for purposes of education and research....
Topic: californialightandsound
Sierra Club Library
by Armstrong, Army (H. K.)
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Description: Home movies of Yosemite and Sierra Club outings.Additional Description: Notes on original containers: Reel 1: "[Satr] Min King, 1936 Reel 2: Lake Mead Apr 15 1939 Reel 3: April 1939, Lake Mead and after Reel 4: Sierra Club July 1-14 1939, Muir Pass, Dusy Falls Reel 5: Sierra Club 7/1/39 to 7/14/39, Hutchinson Meadow, Evolution Falls, Colby Meadow Reel 6: Water views, Min King, July 4, 1954 Note accompanying reels: photographer H.K. "Army" Armstrong. My father, Army...
Topic: californialightandsound
Sierra Club Library
by Townsend, Charles T.
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Additional Description: Note on original can: "Bridge 1937; 1930s (?) G.G. Bridge -- San Francisco shots -- Family shots -- Women in garden.".Source: 1 Reel of 1: Film: 16mmRights: Copyright status unknown. This work may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). In addition, its reproduction may be restricted by terms of gift or purchase agreements, donor restrictions, privacy and publicity rights, licensing and trademarks. This work is accessible for purposes of...
Topic: californialightandsound
Source: 1 Reel of 1: Film: 16mmRights: Copyrighted. Rights are owned by Sierra Club. Copyright Holder has given Institution permission to provide access to the digitized work online. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owner. In addition, the reproduction of some materials may be restricted by terms of gift or purchase agreements, donor restrictions, privacy and publicity rights,...
Topic: californialightandsound
Sierra Club Library
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Additional Description: May be connected with the Sierra Club San Francisco Bay Chapter.Source: 1 Reel of 1: Film: 16mmRights: Copyright status unknown. This work may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). In addition, its reproduction may be restricted by terms of gift or purchase agreements, donor restrictions, privacy and publicity rights, licensing and trademarks. This work is accessible for purposes of education and research. Transmission or reproduction of works...
Topic: californialightandsound